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The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Then came SuperFreakonomics, a documentary film, an award-winning podcast, and more.Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating stoThe New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Then came SuperFreakonomics, a documentary film, an award-winning podcast, and more.Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak.Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak:First, put away your moral compass—because it’s hard to see a problem clearly if you’ve already decided what to do about it.Learn to say “I don’t know”—for until you can admit what you don’t yet know, it’s virtually impossible to learn what you need to.Think like a child—because you’ll come up with better ideas and ask better questions.Take a master class in incentives—because for better or worse, incentives rule our world.Learn to persuade people who don’t want to be persuaded—because being right is rarely enough to carry the day.Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting—because you can’t solve tomorrow’s problem if you aren’t willing to abandon today’s dud.Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read....

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Think Like a Freak: How to Solve Problems, win Fights and Be a Slightly Better Person Reviews

  • Maria
    2019-06-25 09:49

    Pretty great for non-podcast listeners, but as someone who loves the Freakonomics podcast, most of this material has already been featured on there, and some of it in greater detail.

  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-06-24 02:48

    Not Very FreakyA very ordinary effort. Levitt & Dubner tells us the recipe to “Think Like a Freak”. Most of the ingredients are quite ordinary and almost all are trodden territory. A wholly unnecessary book.1. That all the Big Problems of the world are too tough to solve for ordinary people like us and that we should nibble at the edges. - A bit about game theory and about how most problems arise due to private vs public conflicts and how we need learn to realign incentives to solve small problems. Keep nudging the incentives and solving small incentive-problems. The very soul of Freakonomics.2. That we should learn - to say “I don’t know” more often, especially the experts. A few stories thrown in about how stupid people who try to predict the future are.- Also, don’t bring your moral compass into your predictions/decisions. And always look for feedback if you want to keep improving.3. That we have to learn - to ask the Right Question. Reframe the question to get ahead.- Endlessly experiment to get the right feedback on the reframed problem. The ‘abortion & crime’ story is repeated. AGAIN!4. That we should - Think like a Child: Have fun. Don’t ignore the obvious. Think small. 5. That we should obsess over - Incentives, Again: Understand contexts; Reframe contexts. Use appropriate incentives. NEVER mix your incentives!6. That we can win arguments: How to win an Argument: Don’t pretend your argument is perfect. Acknowledge their viewpoint and... meh.7. That we might want to think of - When to Quit: Avoid the sunk cost fallacy. BTW, this chapter is for us too — We (Levitt & Dubner) just might quit writing this stuff!In short, nothing really exciting, nothing novel. Nothing that fires the imagination. I am not at all freaked out by the ideas & stories presented here. They can still spin a good yarn, but that gets old fast without the essential ingredient - radical ideas.If indeed the freakish duo decides to call it quits, it would be a pity that this was added to their otherwise magnificent legacy.

  • Pouting Always
    2019-06-21 09:45

    I feel that a lot of self-help or businesses type books now all follow the same formula and in the end talk about the same few ideas again and again. Like there really isn't a need for a whole book on some of these ideas like thinking outside the box or being comfortable making mistakes. I really only get something out of reading them if I'm feeling lost unsure about what I'm doing because they kind of help me ground myself or become motivated again. Otherwise though it feels like a waste of time like how many anecdotes do I need to read about creative thinking honestly.

  • Jill
    2019-06-11 03:46

    Levitt and Dubner’s earlier two books, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics were smashing successes because they came up with innovative insights to make sense of phenomena that were rather mysterious, such as an explanation for the drop in the crime rate over the last decade. Hoping to find similar out-of-the-box proposals, I was eager to try their third book, Think Like A Freak. This book contains a few surprises, but overall it seems like a slap-dash production intended to cash in on the success of their previous enterprises. As such, it is somewhat duller reading. There are a few interesting analyses, like about the rationale for the popular email extortion scam based in Nigeria, or how a love of "fun" might be harnessed to encourage people to save more money. For the most part, however, the chapters read like filler material. They include platitudinous management suggestions that make common sense but not compelling reading, such as in the chapter on “How to Persuade People Who Don’t Want to Be Persuaded," and “revelations” about phenomena ranging from the etiology of ulcers to the causes of obesity that made the rounds of popular magazines years ago. Using the examples of King Solomon and rock singer David Lee Roth to provide examples of game theory may have been cute, but it felt like the authors were reaching for the lowest common denominator. In fact, it seemed more like a chapter on the meta subject of How to Expand Your Potential Reading Audience.The last chapter of the book discusses when it is advisable to quit whatever is it you have been doing for too long. Maybe the authors should take their own advice and call it a day. Evaluation: This book is mildly entertaining, but not up the standards set in the first two. Gone are the "economics" of the earlier books; more challenging content has been replaced with bromidic bullet points and stories I read a long time ago in doctor's waiting room periodicals. Rating: 2.5/5

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-06-01 08:45

    If I changed the title to “Think Outside the Box” you’d probably have a good idea of what to expect from this book - and you’d be right! Granted I’ve not read Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt’s other “Freak” books, Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, but I suspect they’re just more of what’s contained in Think Like a Freak. Hey, if it ain’t broke, right? Think Like a Freak essentially has one very broad thesis: to approach any difficult situation/problem from an unexpected angle to solve it/excel at it. It’s not a new idea. The writers relate stories to illustrate this, which I’m sure more than a few people have already heard. How David Lee Roth, the lead singer of Van Halen, ensured the venues they played at adhered to their lengthy stage setup by putting a clause in their rider for no brown M&M’s - if there were none when they got there it meant the promoter had read everything carefully; if there were it meant the crew needed to do a thorough check of the equipment to make sure nobody would be hurt at the show. Or the little Japanese fella who became a Coney Island hot dog eating champion by taking apart the hot dog - separating the bun, dunking it in a glass of water, breaking up the hot dog, and eating everything this way. Before that everyone used to eat them whole, limiting the amount they could competitively eat; now everyone does it the new way. It goes on like this with case after case being brought up of old thinking being usurped by those who came to a situation differently and changed everything. Not that I’m against this attitude in any way but it means Think Like a Freak is quite a shallow read. It has one unremarkable mantra repetitively underlined throughout. Trotting out case studies to prove the benefits of thinking like a freak or outside the box, or whatever, doesn’t make this any more valid or compelling. Sure, there are nuances throughout. They encourage people to think like a child, think about smaller portions of a problem rather than the problem as a whole in order to progress to a solution, saying “I don’t know” is often more useful an answer than saying either yes or no, know when to quit, humans enjoy stories and use them to understand problems so do that whenever trying to explain things (which they apply in this book). But it feels so unsubstantial and obvious - really nothing here stands out as unique or brilliant to recommend readers to pick it up. Maybe Dubner/Levitt were trying to parlay their Freakonomics brand into a kind of self-help methodology but it doesn’t work. Think Like a Freak has a few interesting stories but it’s all in service to a completely uninspired and smug thesis that felt like a lazy product than a book they cared about writing.

  • Brian Clegg
    2019-06-11 01:39

    I loved Freakonomics and its sequel, so was expecting more of the same here, but Think Like a Freak is a very different book and suffers by comparison. The thing that absolutely blew everyone away with the earlier books was the absolute string of superb eye-opening stories, taking a sideways look at a problem using statistics and psychology (it wasn’t really economics, but it worked as a title). Perhaps the definitive example was the idea that crime rates had fallen as a result of increased availability of abortions some years earlier. In this book, though, the Freakonomics authors set out to teach us their methodology and, by comparison it’s a bit dull.What we get is often ittle more than a collection of management consultancy platitudes like ‘thinking small is powerful’ and ‘it’s good to quit’, because in the end the special thing about the Freakonomics approach was not the basic tools, which are two a penny, but the way the authors employed them. Occasionally we do get a great little story – I particularly love the exploration of how to do better in football penalty shootouts – but there just aren’t enough of them, specifically not enough really surprising, ‘Wow!’ stories like the ones that fill the previous books. The authors really should have taken their own advice when they say the most powerful form of persuasion they know is to use stories. We need more great stories, guys!I would also pick up on another point they made. When talking about the benefits of quitting (where appropriate) they say ‘Should we take our own advice and think about quitting? After three Freakonomics books, can we possibly have more to say – and will anyone care?’ The answer is yes, and no. ‘Yes’, quit doing this kind of book – but ‘no’ don’t give up and write us another Freakonomics if you can, as we will be ready to lap up more of those mind-bending ideas.

  • Jen Lawrence
    2019-06-18 04:34

    I loved this book. No, scratch that. I LOVED this book. Authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore how the iconoclastic approach to data revealed in Freakonomics can improve the way we think. As they write, “This book steps out of the shadows and tries to offer some advice that may occasionally be useful, whether you are interested in minor lifehacks or major global reforms.” I have to admit that I became biased in favour of this book when I saw the early reference to Philip Tetlock, who I have loved ever since his piece, Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs (with apologies to the Publisher of this fine newspaper, of course…) But I will try to write an open-minded review.Before researching this book, the authors naturally saw the world through the rational lenses of economics and statistics and were curious to find out why so many decisions seem illogical. The books starts by reviewing the thinking process of a soccer player who is about to make a critical penalty kick in the championship game of the World Cup. The authors turn to the data about penalty kicks to see where the player should direct the ball to maximize his chance of success. They then look at where he is most likely to aim the ball. “While a penalty kick aimed at the centre of the goal is significantly more likely to succeed, only 17% of kicks are aimed there. Why so few?”The authors realize that the decision cannot be made based on statistics alone as the rational side of the brain is forced to contend with the emotional side. This is not, of course, new information. Back in about 370 BC, Plato was writing about the tug between the intellect and the heart. More recently, Jonathan Haidt wrote about the struggle between the rider (the rational brain) and the elephant (the emotional brain) in The Happiness Hypothesis. What makes Think Like a Freak so good is that the authors breathe life into this oft-explored slice of neuroscience through the art of storytelling, like the example about the soccer game. True, kicking a ball dead centre towards the goalie is statistically more likely to result in a goal. But if the goalie does manage to stop the ball kicked right to him, the kicker looks like a bit of an idiot (“Why’d you kick it righ’ to ‘im?” the hooligans in the stands will shout.) As the authors write, “Aiming towards the centre has a better chance of success, but aiming towards the corner is less risky to his own reputation.” And, as they go on to describe, humans (and, in our experience, animals) are rather more interested in “protecting our own reputation rather than promoting the collective good” in spite of claiming otherwise. Therefore, most goalies take the riskier corner kick that is less likely to be successful but has the tried-my-very-best optics for the crowd.In order to think like a Freak, the authors say that we need to be aware of, and overcome, some of the general biases that mess with our ability to think well. None of these ideas are original (I discuss a number of these issues in my soon-to-be-released book, Engage the Fox) but the authors’ gift resides in their ability to tell a memorable story. Instead of boring the reader silly with talk of confirmation biases and herd mentality and the gap between revealed and declared preferences, they walk us through memorable examples such as how the Smile Train charity raises funds by not asking for money, why Zappos offers new employees $2000 to quit, and why rocker David Lee Roth insists on a candy bowl containing no brown M&Ms.This book will appeal to the business reader (our favourite line is “just because you are at the office is no reason to stop thinking”) and any reader interested in improving the way they think. Levitt and Dubner are not afraid to make bold suggestions such as why one should regularly say “I don’t know” and the benefits of being a quitter. They describe why it’s good to act like a kid as “there is no correlation between appearing to be serious and actually being good at what you do. In fact, an argument can be made that the opposite is true.” Phew! That observation alone is worth the price of the book. The authors find wisdom in the most interesting places, such as studying why kids are better at seeing through magic tricks than adults: “by seeing things from a literally new angle, you can sometimes gain an edge in solving a problem.”One of the most powerful sections in the book covers the art of persuading someone to change his or her mind. The authors are not optimistic: “As hard as it is to think creatively about problems and come up with solutions…it is even harder to persuade people who do not wish to be persuaded.” They dissect a $1 billion anti-drug campaign that not only did not turn people off drugs, but possibly made drug use appear more appealing. They then outline the most useful strategies for getting others to change their opinions (hint: don’t start campaigning with the so-called smartest guys in the room, but not for the reason you think.) In keeping with their Freak perspective, they show how pointing out the flaws in your own arguments is one of the most effective ways to convince people you are right.Not surprisingly, the authors find that the most effective way to change someone’s mind is to tell them a compelling story. And this is, of course, the heart of the book’s success. All three of the books in the Freakonomics series sing because memorable stories illustrate potent theories. At the end of this book, the authors, firmly embracing the idea that it’s OK to quit, threaten that this is their last book in this series. I hope that this is not, in fact, the case. The authors succeed in bringing thinking to life which, as a fox-like thinker, is something I take quite seriously. Hopefully the early success of this book will convince the authors to do more work in the field.

  • Mara
    2019-06-09 09:42

    This book won't be 2.5/5 stars for everyone. If, like myself, you enjoyed Steven and Stephen's earlier volumes, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, then congratulations! — you've found a subject area that interests you (albeit a sometimes nebulous one that can show up under the guise of a variety of disciplines). If, for some reason, you only feel comfortable learning about the ways in which data and patterns can reveal the inner workings of our world with these two Freakonomists, then this book is for you.However, I'm an ever-curious being with little patience; and, thus, haven't been sitting around just waiting for the Steven/Stephens to give me the go ahead. I thought of giving a list of recommended reading here, but one of the cool things about Freakonomics is that its principles can be applied to almost anything — for me this has included books on the philosophical nature of humanity as well as ones that helped me figure out how to run a G-D factor analysis to draft my fantasy football team (spoiler alert: it wasn't that helpful for football purposes, but learning how to use R opened a whole new world of statistical computing fun for me). So go forth and "Think Like a Freak," but, honestly, you might not need to read this book in order to do that.

  • Ryan Dejonghe
    2019-06-16 07:48

    This book does nothing to cure my sickness: footnote-itis. Behind the two-hundred pages of text are another couple of hundred benign-sounding “underlying research citations and other background information", which the authors encourage me to use. Thanks Mr. Levitt. Thanks Mr. Dubner. I needed an extra day to write this review because I spent most of one night watching lectures from Yale Professor Dan Kahan talking about the Cultural Cognition Project. Only one-hundred-ninety-nine more footnotes to go.According to the authors, “the first two books were rarely prescriptive”. They told stories with data. This book couples that with useful takeaways for everyday life. Again, not helping my sickness, authors. This interesting analysis tells me “just because you’re at the office is no reason to stop thinking”. This book teaches me how to redefine the problem by: thinking small, not big; not being afraid of the obvious; and, having fun. I had a lot of fun with this book.This book starts out by telling me that the highest percentage of winning goals are right down the middle, that stuffing someone else’s poop up my butt can cure me, and that a bank can make me rich by playing lottery with my money. Something like that. Oh, and keep worrying, because the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize proves it’s bacterial, not worry that causes ulcers.The whole idea here is to re-think the obvious perception. Much of what we’ve learned in DRIVE, OUTLIERS, ESSENTIALISM, and especially THINKING, FAST AND SLOW is replicated here in the authors’ unique and witty voice. They take what other people may overlook and spin it around, just like their previous works, if not better. So pour yourself that $1.65 bottle of wine (because it tastes the same as a $150 bottle), sit back, and enjoy this awesome book.Anything that sparks my brain into extra gear is a winner, even if my footnote-itis remains uncured.Thanks to William Morrow and HarperCollins for sending me this book to review.

  • Zachary Schwartz
    2019-06-13 09:32

    Fun fun fun fun fun! This was my favorite of the franchise. Like its predecessors, it is filled with amusing stories which usually highlight some economic or behavioral principle (such as sunk cost, cobra effect, etc...). Unlike its predecessors, this book has an underlying structure of a "how to" book. I feel that this gives the book a more coherent flow. The writing is accessible to anyone, lighthearted in tone, entertaining, and it moves very fast. If you listen to the podcast, many of the stories will already be familiar to you. This didn't bother me at all as I enjoyed reading them now more than listening to them the first time. I try to reserve 5-star ratings for books that either make me see the world differently, provide a deep emotionally experience, or make me laugh really hard. Because this book did neither, I give it a 4+, but I highly recommend it to everyone. Did you ever wonder why Nigerian email scammers ALWAYS advertise that they are from Nigeria? Read the book to find out...

  • Yousif Al Zeera
    2019-06-19 03:48

    Levitt and Dubner continue to dazzle readers, freaks and soon-to-be-freaks with their fascinating way of combining data and narration to present interesting (and very much informative) stories on various fields.In this book, the "theoretical" ratio slightly increased than the previous two books as the intention is lay down the foundations of "how to think like a freak", basically how to rely more on "data" and less on "anecdote". It is still full of splendid stories.

  • Oleksandr Golovatyi
    2019-06-02 06:40

    The book is full of a wealth of interesting stories with non-standard approaches to problem solving. Incredibly interesting stories.----------------------------Книга сповнена величезною кількістю цікавих історій з нестандартними підходами до вирішення проблем. Неймовірно цікаві історії. I read books on Scribd or Google Books by Readlax Chrome Extension

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-05-30 07:29

    I prefer the audiobooks over the physical books. They’re great for listening while doing other things.This is the third book in the Freakonomics series. You don’t need to read them in order. I’ve enjoyed all three. They talk about a variety of subjects.One subject was intriguing and not answered. A multinational retail company bought tv ads 3 times a year. They had their highest sales at those three times. The authors asked the question did the ads cause the sales? Or did the sales cause the ads? The company took out ads on the three biggest sale days: Black Friday, Christmas, and Father’s Day. The same company paid for advertising inserts in newspapers year round. The authors suggested the company run an experiment to see if those ads paid off - by doing no ads in selected areas for a few months and then comparing sales data. The marketing guys refused to experiment. They said they’d get fired if they stopped advertising. But they admitted that one summer an intern forgot to place the ads in the Pittsburgh area and there was no decrease in sales during that time. And still, the marketing guys refused to experiment. I’m having trouble with that. I don’t think I’d want to invest money in that company.The authors looked at religious communities in Germany - or somewhere near there. They found Protestants made more money than Catholics - even though they all started with the same wages per hour. The reasons were: Protestants worked more hours per week, Protestants were more likely to be self employed, and more Protestant women worked than Catholic women.Want to keep restrooms cleaner? Paint a fly in the urinal – male desire to target practice.At the end of the audiobook, there are several episodes from Freakonomics Radio. They are available as podcasts from iTunes and the Freakonomics web site. They were good.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Co-author Stephen Dubner was excellent as a narrator. Good production equipment - I didn’t hear his breaths - yay.DATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 7 hrs and 5 mins. Swearing language: none. Sexual content: none. Book copyright: 2014. Genre: nonfiction, economics.

  • Kressel Housman
    2019-06-07 05:26

    I’m a big Freakonomics fan. I’ve read the two previous books, seen the movie, and I regularly listen to the podcasts. So for a fan like me, this book was slightly disappointing because I’d heard most of the material before on the podcasts. Still, since I love the lessons so much, I didn’t mind a review. I especially liked the lesson of embracing failure instead of fearing it. Temporarily putting away your moral compass before analyzing problems was a good one, too. As the authors say, you can’t solve a problem if you’ve already decided what to do about it. Thanks to Freakonomics, the subject of economics is more human to me, and I’ve gone on to read more books on the subject, most of them more academic in style. Because of that, the light-hearted style that appealed to me so much with the first books seems a little too light to me now. But ultimately, I love what these authors have to say, so I’ll read/listen to/watch anything they come out with, and I’m always looking forward to more.

  • Paul
    2019-05-27 07:40

    Freakonomics and the follow up book, SuperFreakonomics were two of those books that changed the way people looked at the world and the things that happened in it. In this third volume, Levitt and Dubner are aiming to teach you the way of thinking outside the box as they do.With chapters as diverse as The Three Hardest Words in the English Language, How to Think Like a Child and Like Giving Candy to a Baby, they bring more stories and anecdotes that demonstrate just how lateral thinking can bring a fresh perspective on a problem, and that sometimes the uncomplicated answer is the correct one.Whilst this is a great read, Dubner writes some very readable text, it feels like a thin veneer rather than having the depth that the earlier books had. Interesting though, and may be the place to start if you have never read anything by these authors before.

  • TS Chan
    2019-06-13 09:26

    An entertaining read - or listen to be exact. Nothing stupendously ground-breaking to be honest but it's stuff that one doesn't really think about being too caught up in the rat race and what might be construed as conventional thinking. What I really like are the real world examples, while it might not be exactly relevant for my field of work in the financial sector, are more accessible and easy to connect to. The audiobook has added material which is a compilation of a few Freakonomic radio/podcasts which I am still going through. Pretty interesting stuff as well. Might it prompt me to subscribe to their podcasts? We'll just have to see. :)

  • Arminius
    2019-06-24 02:56

    Think like a Freak is a book that teaches people to think like kids. That means to not be afraid to not know an answer and investigate your interests without regard to what others may think. It also states to break large problems down and solve the small ones associated with them. The authors use various experiments to prove their points. They made a website that asks people to flip a coin on whether or not to make a major decision then report how happy they were at a future date. Their conclusions came to the fact that there is an upside to quitting something.They advise getting into other people’s minds and figure out what really matters to them to get them to do what you want. Watch what they do rather than what they say is how they offer to accomplish this.Also included in the book were other people’s stories where they thought like freaks and became very successful.

  • Lena
    2019-06-01 09:51

    This book is similar in format to their previous works - present a supposedly unconventional idea and support it with some entertaining storytelling. It's a very fast, mildly interesting read. Unfortunately, I had the feeling that I'd heard almost all of these stories elsewhere, so the book feels more like it's filling out a book contract than breaking great new ground in human thought.

  • Elizabeta
    2019-06-05 01:42

    Bunch of really interesting stories. Just think outside of the box!

  • Sumit Singla
    2019-06-08 04:53

    'Brilliant' is an adjective that I use quite loosely, but it is totally apt for this book. I've enjoyed the Freakonomics podcast, and some of the material in this book is similar, but it's still great to see it spelled in black and white.I just can't believe that I am reading this two years too late!Stephen and Steven emphasize that it is important to look beyond the obvious, when using data to make decisions. They don't really say that you should ignore data points and focus only on your gut. The premise of the book is that we spend too little time in analyzing issues from different angles, and end up making wrong decisions too often."The conventional wisdom is often wrong. And a blithe acceptance of it can lead to sloppy, wasteful, or even dangerous outcomes. Correlation does not equal causality. When two things travel together, it is tempting to assume that one causes the other. "I LOVE folks who can understand the difference between correlation and causality. I think it is absolutely fundamental to decision-making, but is ignored frequently enough. The authors talk about incentives, causality, ultracrepidarianism (quite a mouthful, eh?) and storytelling, among other things.While the content of this book doesn't differ too much from earlier ones, I still found it deeply insightful and useful. Some portions of the book sound decidedly self-help-ish. But well, if you are a terrorist, you might want to buy that life insurance policy. It's not advice that will save your life though... :)

  • Lisa
    2019-06-22 09:42

    Thinking like a freak has paid off for Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner in their first two wildly popular nonfiction Freakonomics books. In this book, the authors continue in the same vein by presenting counter-intuitive ideas illustrated by interesting stories that help the reader to understand why those ideas actually do make sense.The authors go a little further this time by trying to help the reader make better decisions by thinking like a freak.My husband and I listened to parts of this together on a car trip; we shared laughs and our ideas on what we heard. Later I finished listening on my MP3 player while working in the garden. Either way was very enjoyable and entertaining!I am not sure my brain is fully freaked out yet--I am looking forward to the next Freakonomics book!

  • عبدالرحمن عقاب
    2019-06-26 04:34

    لم أتوقع أن أنهي الكتاب والحمدلله بهذه السرعة! لكن الكتاب (خفيف) بعدة معايير؛  معلوماته الجديدة القليلة مثلاً،  أفكاره التي يمكن تلخيصها في صفحة واحدة أو اثنتين، أسلوب كاتبيه وهو أسلوب ولا شك بسيط وممتع.  يختلف هذا الكتاب عن سابقيه بهذه (الخفة) غير المحمودة طبعاً،  ويفتقر إلى وجود صورة متكاملة أو موضوع مطروح بعناية من كل زواياه.

  • maila
    2019-06-25 09:32

    untuk ukuran buku seperti ini, tampilannya terlalu mainstream. gak ada ilustrasi atau gambar2 pendukung. kalimat2 penting juga gak di highlightbeneran kayak baca koran hhhya mungkin sesuai judulnya kali ya. aneh

  • Elisabeth
    2019-06-09 08:52

    referred in Adam Grant's list "The 12 Business Books to Read in 2014":

  • Anita
    2019-06-09 08:42

    too short, I need more freak.

  • Colette Jepson Smith
    2019-06-08 09:44

    Maybe there are a lot of people that this type of thinking is natural. It isn’t to me. The idea of questioning others and how that doesn’t necessarily make us friends is probably my favorite part. I think differently after reading this book. Maybe more cynical but definitely more open minded. Must read.

  • Darian Onaciu
    2019-06-22 06:42

    Every now and then I'm struggling with who I am, reevaluating my beliefs and thought processes.While I often take a long time to make sure I have the right perspective, I also try to keep it as scientific as possible.This book is a short guide which will help you to 'think like a freak'.More accurately it will help you with a brief map, a scaffold on which you can build your thought processes.How people usually think, what to pay attention to when forming an opinion and how to use incentives to make the most of your arguments are just some of the handy information you can find in the book.The writing is crisp and delivery is done via stories, both funny and compelling, so you can better recall the details and use them in your everyday life.I wholeheartedly recommend the series, starting with Freakonomics, onward with SuperFreaknomics and then Think Like a Freak.There is a special story which connects the last two books and reveals just how awesome the two authors are in applying what they preach: thinking like freaks.You won't regret reading them!

  • Ahmed
    2019-06-03 09:42

    A great book as expected from two great authors! If you have read any of Freakonomics books, listened to the podcast, or watched the documentary; you know you're here for a treat. I would say though the only drawback of the book its length! it is very short, and will leave you wanting more! BUT at least you can read it more than once in a weekend, I know i will :)Here are some of the main themes and notes i took while reading:* Sometimes shooting to the middle is the boldest move to do* When Political Leaders based their decisions on personal moral compass factuality is out of the window* Don't be embarrassed about things you don't know! * for most people it's very hard to say "I don't know"* Until you recognize what you don't know you can't acquire the knowledge for it* Facts vs Beliefs (Does the devil exist?)* Prediction is very difficult especially if it is about the future!* What we know vs what we think by political / religious beliefs* Multi Dimensional cause-effect (Very hard to relate cause and effect)* Read: Why most economist are wrong?! (over estimate the impact of the technology in the future)* It costs almost nothing to pretend you know what will happen in the future* Cost of saying "I don't know" is higher than the cost of "Bluffing" !* When predication is not correct what incentive should be made to stop making them?* Valuable Feedback* Redefine the problem* The limits we accept or refuse * Barriers and expectations (may be ignoring it help solving hard problems)* Think like a child* sometimes thinking like 8 years old can generate the best creative ideas* preconception make us role out a wide range of idea* As long as you know the difference between good and bad idea, generating a bool of idea is a good thing* Cool off: Never act on a new idea for at least 24 hours! New ideas sounds cool when it is just hatched :)* channeling your inner child* To think like a freak: is to think small not big* Little with certainty* Ask small question is better than asking big ones* change is hard, change on small scale is easier* uncertainty is less on a small scale* Start from complete ignorance* raw talent is overrated* endless practice* it is important to have fun so you can have endless practice* "Do not listen to what people say; instead watch what they do"* Moral, financial, social incentives and herd mentality * Persuasion: The power of telling a story* Most people are blind to their blind spot* Don't insult people if u want to persuade them with your idea* Smart and more educated people are harder to change mind; because they are used to be right it is hard to see themselves wrong* See the positives in other people argument* Story: "Multidimensional" vs Anecdote: "One-Dimensional"* A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits* Sunk Costs: the time, money, equity, or resources you've already spent on a project* The Sunk Cost Fallacy: throwing good money after bad * tendency to focus on concrete costs and pay too little attention to opportunity cost.* Civilization is an aggressive, almost maniacal chronicler of success.* When failure is demonized, people will try to avoid it at all costs*

  • Joey Nguyen
    2019-05-29 03:43

    Some of the steps toward thinking like a Freak:1. Put away your moral compass - because it’s hard to see a problem clearly if you’ve already decided what to do about it.2. Learn to say “I don’t know” - for until you can admit what you don’t yet know, it’s virtually impossible to learn what you need to.(Plus "yet" => using growth mindset :3)3. Think like a child - because you’ll come up with better ideas and ask better questions.4. Find the root cause of a problem - because attacking the symptoms, as often happens, rarely fixes the underlying issue.5. Take a master class in incentives - because for better or worse, incentives rule our world.6. Learn to persuade people who don’t want to be persuaded - because being right is rarely enough to carry the day.7. Learn to appreciate the upside of quitting - because you can’t solve tomorrow’s problem if you aren’t willing to abandon today’s dud.Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing - and so much fun to read.Là một trong 3 quyển sách về Kinh tế học hài hước (Freakonomics), cuốn này được đánh giá thấp nhất. Nhưng vì mình đọc nó đầu tiên, nên cảm thấy không quá tệ và còn muốn bổ xung vô danh sách Want-to-read 2 cuốn kia.Với lối viết hài hước (dĩ nhiên) và thông minh, 2 tác giả cho người đọc một cái nhìn tổng thể về lợi ích của việc nghĩ dị và tư duy "nhỏ". Đọc cuốn này về cấu trúc thì thấy thân thuộc với cuốn Phi Lý Trí, tức là kiểu 1 chủ đề sẽ được nói trong 2 chương liền kề và link sang một chủ đề tiếp theo. Trong mỗi chủ đề sẽ là đặt vấn đề, kỳ vọng, thực chứng và cuối cùng là kết luận. Làm cho các ý được rõ ràng và dễ đọc hơn. Nhược điểm duy nhất của lối viết này sẽ là hơi chán... vì nếu tư duy một chút thì ngay phần đặt vấn đề và kỳ vọng, người đọc đã có thể đoán được phần tiếp theo nói về cái gì.Mình có thói quen đọc trên mạng về những bài chính luận ngắn và kiểu self-development nên những ví dụ trong cuốn sách này rất quen, cũng như những gì đề cập trong cuốn sách này không quá xa lạ. Tuy nhiên phần mình thích là phần giải thích trên góc độ khoa học về bản tính/tính chất, cách hành xử của con người, vì trước đây có suy nghĩ đến nhưng không diễn tả được. Đọc khá tâm đắc vì nói hộ tâm tư =)).Tóm lại là sách đáng để đọc. Sẽ tìm 2 cuốn kia để đọc tiếp vì thích kiểu tư duy và hài của tác giả._________________________

  • Truly
    2019-06-15 08:42

    Beberapa uraian, membuat saya memahami beberapa hal yang selama ini menggelitik rasa ingin tahu saya tapi tidak bisa saya temukan jawabannya. Misalnya mengenai kenapa penipuan di internet selalu menyebutkan Nigeria sebagai asal negara. Ayolah, bukankah surel seperti itu sering mampir? Sering kali satu nama mengirim berulang kali. Belakangan malah ada yang mempergunakan bahasa Indonesia. Tidak pernahkah Anda merasa penasaran, kenapa Anda yang dijadiksan sasaran? Penjelasannya ada di halaman 163isah tentang Van Halen, sebuah band yang cukup terkenal pada halaman 148 membuat saya terkagum-kagun akan kecerdikan pihak manajemen mereka. Dalam kontrak tur band tersebut ada pasal yang memuat mengenai persyaratan makanan dan minuman. Pada halaman 40 bahkan memuat mengenai camilan, yaitu adanya kripik kentang, kacang-kacangan, pretzel dan M&M's namun jangan sampai ada warna coklat.Banyak yang menganggap hal ini merupakan sekedar tingkah polah para bintang. Belakangan cara ini justru merupakan cara sederhana tapi cerdik untuk mengetahui apakah penyelenggara sudah membaca pasal tambahan setebal lima puluh tiga halaman. Manajemen perlu memastikan promotor di sebuah pertunjukan sudah mengikuti petunjuk poin demi poin agar tidak ada kesalahan teknis yang fatal sehingga membahayakan nyawa seseorang. Cara untuk memastikan promotor telah membaca klausal khusus dan mengikuti semua prosedur keselamatan yang mereka tentukan adalah dengan melihat isi mangkuk M&M's yang disediakan.Mengertikan maksudnya? Jika dalam ditemukan ada M&M's coklat, maka itu artinya pihak promotor tidak membaca klausal tambahan dengan teliti. Untuk itu pihak manajemen akan melakukan pengawasan ketat pada banyak hal seperti tata panggung, keselamatan di atas panggung hingga memastikan peralatan berfungsi dengan baik.